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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

The Grim Reefer Re:Good news (410 comments)

Yeah, at first the idea of Lucas's script not being used sounds great. But then you have to just remember how awful JJ's Star Trek movies were.

Meh, I'll wait to see it before I decide. The numerous complaints I saw about the new Trek movies were that they were more like Star Wars than Star Trek. So I'd think that JJ Abrams should do fine with this one. Unless he makes Star Wars more like Trek. I figure what ever he does, it will be better than Episode 1.

The original Star Wars movies get a hell of a boost from nostalgia too. When they were released, there was nothing quite like them. The special effects were amazing. But the story was really nothing original, and the acting (particularly in the first one) was passable, but not great. They were made for kids for the most part. I'm not sure why everyone seems to forget that now. Unfortunately for George Lucas, we all grew up. So making the last three episodes for the same age group pissed off a lot of the very vocal diehard Star Wars fans. My 11 year old loves the new movies much more than the original three.

I enjoyed the new Trek movies, but they were nothing like Star Trek in my mind. The comparison to Star Wars was, at least, somewhat valid. At least JJ Abrams won't print scenes with lines that were delivered as poorly as they were in Episode 1-3.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

The Grim Reefer Re:Yes. (634 comments)

Right, because I want to be the customer who has their food spiked by someone who was high or under the influence because they thought it would be funny. Imagine them sprinkling crack or LSD on food and someone has a reaction or leaves in their car and has an accident. That's totally hilarious.

Nice straw man there.The likelihood of someone being high and having these drugs on them means they are probably using them. I seriously doubt a crackhead is going to waste crack by pulling a practical joke on someone they don't even know. I don't even know how diminished the effects of crack would be by ingesting it versus smoking it, but I'd guess it would be considerable. Do you really think such a person is going to waste something that they enjoy or are addicted to in such a way?

If you are asserting that someone would be high on another drug and acquire these first and then take them to work with the intent to do this. It's very unlikely that because a person was high that they would chose to do this. That would take planning and it's pretty unlikely that someone is going to plan all this out simply because their judgement was impaired. They would have to have some serious underlying mental issues to begin with.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

The Grim Reefer Re:Yes. (634 comments)

There are clear lines between what is personal and what affects the job. If you take drugs it'll likely affect your work and health costs (still somewhat paid for by the company) - that means the company has a valid interest.Â

Those lines are not all that clear. What if you are overweight? That too takes a toll on one health. Can a company mandate you exercise regularly and eat only healthy foods? What about medical conditions? Do they have the right to know about a congenital heart condition? These things may be just as likely, or more so, to affect job performance and insurance costs than someone smoking a joint on the weekend.

2 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

The Grim Reefer Re:Until... (128 comments)

A mutation in the DNA undoes the genetic engineering and we've got a new strain of e. coli in the wild.

No, that could never happen. Just like those Monsanto strains that can't pollinate other crops.

As Jurassic Park taught us, we're perfectly safe as long as they didn't splice in any frog DNA.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

The Grim Reefer Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

There is no way a manual transmission isn't more efficient in most cases, providing you drive them correctly.

And that is the issue. many people don't drive them for efficiency. Not that I'm saying that some don't. I know myself better. I was a gear head in my youth. When I drive a standard, I have a really bad habit of trying to keep the engine revving in it's power band at all times. Particularly if I'm in a low horsepower car. For whatever reason, I subconsciously expect anything with a standard transmission to have the 400+ horsepower V8 I was used to my cars having back then.

Manual transmissions are lighter, cheaper to build, and have lower operating losses (no torque converter and hydraulic pumps to run). Now if you drive a manual wrong and don't shift at the right times, MPG could be bad, but on the highway where shifting isn't done, you are going to literally drive away from an automatic efficiency wise..

Perhaps with older transmissions. But automatics have had lock up torque converters (commonly) for at least 20 years.If you have an automatic with one, the mileage will be virtually identical in the case you describe. The extra weight of the automatic is about the only difference.

Oh, and a manual transmission will last a LOT longer and cost you a lot less to maintain than that automatic.

I can't say what modern transmissions are like as I don't push my cars like I did when I was younger. But traditionally, automatics have been much tougher. Plus they don't have a clutch and pressure plate that need to be replaced, or a flywheel that needs to be replaced or resurfaced either. It's also fun to discover the importance of a blow proof bell housing (the hard way) in a manual. I've never had clutch fragments come flying through the floor boards and interior of a car with an automatic. I wish I could say otherwise about standard transmissions.

Standard transmissions have built in wear items. If you don't beat the piss out of your car, use a good synthetic ATF, and change it regularly, an automatic is pretty damn cheap.

I was never really into drag racing, but those guys still prefer the 2 speed automatic Powerglide transmissions. They're easy to work on, and are tough enough to make 100 to 150 runs before needing to be rebuilt. Which takes 2 to 3 hours if you know what you're doing.

3 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

The Grim Reefer Re:12345? (195 comments)

12345 is perfectly fine as long as you capitalize some of the characters. ;-)

5 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

The Grim Reefer Re:Aluminum Foil Wallpaper? (289 comments)

Aluminum is not the greatest conductor, copper is better and then silver and gold

Actually silver and copper are better conductors than gold. But depending on the usage, gold can be a better choice because it doesn't oxidize (easily).

5 days ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

The Grim Reefer Re:Gadget guys vs photographers (192 comments)

So if the lens is great, you don't care if you use it with an old ~1 megapixel camera with a noisy sensor that requires long exposure times in reasonable light settings? Countering the idea that megapixels don't matter isn't the same as saying they are the only thing that matters.

Exactly how many 1 megapixels cameras like you described does Canon or Nikon have in their current available DSLR model line? I think the lowest is the $400 Rebel T3 at 12 MP. Everything else is 18 or higher.

The Canon 1D was 4MP from back in 2001. The 10D was 6MP and released in 2003. While neither of those would be fantastic by today's standards, they still aren't as bad as what you described. I still shoot using a Canon 40D at 10MP fairly often. It's smaller and lighter than a full frame camera.

5 days ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

The Grim Reefer Re: higher risk of death (348 comments)

I just want to know how sitting on my ass all day increases my chance of being eaten by a shark by 15 to 20 percent.

You don't stand a chance against a Land Shark if you're sitting down.

5 days ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

The Grim Reefer Re:Gadget guys vs photographers (192 comments)

Only gadget guys obsessed with numbers would buy a Samsung camera. Photographers just don't care about nm and megapixels.

What an idiot.

Really? So if the numbers look great in the die size of the sensor and the megapixels, but the lenses front focus that's OK? Or they have twice the megapixels on the sensor and the glass is soft outside of the center of the FOV? Focus speed is insanely important to sports photographers. All the megapixels in the world aren't going to change that.

Professional photographers, and most amateurs will tell you to purchase good glass. camera bodies are temporary. Canon and Nikon have the majority of the high-end market for a reason. I can purchase the Canon 24-70mmL lens for around $2K. It will fit on virtually every Canon DSLR that I'd consider using. Anything from a couple hundred dollar Rebel APS to a full frame 5D mark3 for 3 grand.

Will Samsung still be doing that in five years? I don't know. So for most serious hobbyists, to pro photographers, it's simply a big risk. After Samsung has been in the market for a few years, this may change. But not for someone who has half a dozen or more pro grade lenses. You don't toss $20K+ worth of lenses simply because some newcomer to the market puts out a new sensor.

5 days ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

The Grim Reefer Some alien on a rural planet (121 comments)

It's just some farmer in the middle of nowhere trying to connect to the internet on their home planet. (S)He tried to save a few bucks by self installing the dish, and is sweeping the sky at full power.

5 days ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

The Grim Reefer It could be worse (136 comments)

"We cannot have companies discharging untreated waste water into our environment, contributing to illness and, worse, antibacterial resistance. We cannot accept that rivers in India show higher concentrations of active antibiotic than the blood of someone undergoing treatment."

I'm just happy that Monsanto is not one of these drug companies. They'd probably sue everyone on the planet for drinking water that may contain their product and not paying for the privilege of consuming their pollutants.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

The Grim Reefer Re:What they need (63 comments)

But to do that you need to reverse the polarity of the warp core and reroute through the main deflector dish. And we haven't even invented the warp drive or deflector technology yet. However charging cell phones wirelessly is the first valid need for such tech, so we at last have motivation to start working on it.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

The Grim Reefer Re:And why are you telling us? (181 comments)

I didn't RTFA, but it would be funny (or smart) if it was all BS and the US didn't have this capability. How many man hours will be wasted trying to find and fix it on North Korea's part. They may even execute some of their top people for not finding a non-existent security hole. Not that I personally find that a good thing, but I'm sure the NSA would.

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

The Grim Reefer Re:On odd artifact of affect... (130 comments)

True. But Scotty and that admiral will be happy to know where it rematerialised.

about two weeks ago
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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

The Grim Reefer Re:Walking dead??? (148 comments)

None of them have any idea how to protect themselves from lets face - the stupidest human beings in the world that only have numbers going for them.

Are you talking about a television show, or real life?

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

The Grim Reefer Re:Maybe (93 comments)

Legacy spinning disks will be as dead in 10 years as tape is today.

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or serious. But tape is no where near dead as backup media for business. Very few people used tape for home backup. Spinning disks are still in most homes. I don't think spinning disks will be anywhere close to to being as "scarce" as tape is today. For cheap massive online storage, it's still pretty hard to beat. For streaming video, it's a fantastic solution. And with the way resolution for video is going, spinning disks are perfect.

I have a mix of SSD and spinning disks. I probably have around 50TB of spinning disks for video, music, pictures and documents. I also have 7 external spinning disks for backup. I'd be very surprised if this will change much in the next ten years. Unless some new terabyte plus writable bluray replacement comes along, or prices on SSD take a huge nosedive.

about two weeks ago
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New Implant Lets Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

The Grim Reefer Re:Thank god (35 comments)

My favorite is when seeing a (seemingly) healthy person get out of a car from a previous hard athletic workout, with a smoothy in hand, and proceed to walk into the Target store. This car is allowed for handicapped parking.

Either this person is borrowing the car of a person who truly is handicapped, or the entire system of what defines someone as handicapped is more broken then they are.

I don't have a smoothie in hand, but I often times drop off my wife at the front door and then park the car. Usually my daughter gets her a wheelchair while I'm parking. Or I get it for her after parking. I usually park somewhere else if there is a close spot. But I don't worry about it in bad weather, or on the off chance she may want to try to get to the car when we leave the store.

But, yeah I know what you're talking about. I see people park there all the time for no good reason. Hell, most of the people that have handicapped tags or placards don't have any reason to get them. I think some doctors just give them out to people if they live to a certain age. Back when my wife was still able to walk from the parking lot to the front door, most people that parked in those spaces looked like they were sprinting compared to her. Because my wife has MS, I never park in the handicapped spots when she's not with me. I know how miserable it is for her to get around, so I'd hate to cause any additional problems for anyone else who may need to park there.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Update Will Deal With Opportunity Flash Memory "Amnesia"

The Grim Reefer Re:Flash memory sucks (52 comments)

several G forces worth of acceleration at each end of the trip?

That must be what caused that WHOOSH.

about two weeks ago
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"Disco Clam" Lights Up To Scare Predators Away

The Grim Reefer Researchers? (49 comments)

The bright, orange-lipped âoedisco clamâ (Ctenoides ales) became a phenom last year when researchers learned that its dazzling display (see video above) proved to be reflections of ambient light and not light produced by the clams themselves.

I've been in the marine reef keeping hobby for several decades, though I haven't had a tank set up in some time. I've kept this species for many years. They are call "electric flame scallops" in the hobby. Even though they are clams and not scallops. But I have to wonder who these researchers are to have just discovered that they do not actually produce light. I've known for at least 20 years that these clams produce this effect by moving parts of their mantle to expose a bluish white streaks under the reddish-orange part.

about three weeks ago

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New material steals oxygen from the air

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 4 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed.

We do fine with the 21 per cent oxygen in the air around us. But sometimes we need oxygen in higher concentrations; for example lung patients must carry heavy oxygen tanks, cars using fuel cells need a regulated oxygen supply. Perhaps one day in the future even sunlight-driven "reversible" fuel cells will be made. With these we will have to separate oxygen from hydrogen in order to recombine them in order to get energy.

Now Professor Christine McKenzie and postdoc Jonas Sundberg, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized a material that absorb oxygen in large quantities and store it.

"In the lab, we saw how this material took up oxygen from the air around us", says Christine McKenzie.

The new material is crystalline, and using x-ray diffraction the researchers have studied the arrangement of atoms inside the material when it was filled with oxygen, and when it was emptied of oxygen."

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The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Today many plastic products, from sippy cups and blenders to Tupperware containers, are marketed as BPA-free. But CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner's findings—some of which have been confirmed by other scientists—suggest that many of these alternatives share the qualities that make BPA so potentially harmful.

Those startling results set off a bitter fight with the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. The American Chemistry Council, which lobbies for plastics makers and has sought to refute the science linking BPA to health problems, has teamed up with Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, a widely used plastic marketed as being free of estrogenic activity—in a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The company has gone so far as to tell corporate customers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected Bittner's testing methods. (It hasn't.) Eastman also sued CertiChem and its sister company, PlastiPure, to prevent them from publicizing their findings that Tritan is estrogenic, convincing a jury that its product displayed no estrogenic activity. And it launched a PR blitz touting Tritan's safety, targeting the group most vulnerable to synthetic estrogens: families with young children. "It can be difficult for consumers to tell what is really safe," the vice president of Eastman's specialty plastics division, Lucian Boldea, said in one web video, before an image of a pregnant woman flickered across the screen. With Tritan, he added, "consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.""

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Darker Arctic boosting global warming

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That extra absorbed energy is so big that it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide, said the study's lead author, Ian Eisenman, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

The Arctic grew 8 per cent darker between 1979 and 2011, Eisenman found, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space.

"Basically, it means more warming," Eisenman said in an interview."

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Groupon confirms 'President Hamilton' error was intentional

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton — $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."
"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.
But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.
Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.
It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.
An inquiry on Monday morning garnered this response from a spokesman:
"Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."
The spokesman later confirmed the mistake was an intentional stunt."

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Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  1 year,11 days

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.

Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

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The space suit gets upgraded

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  1 year,12 days

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "For five decades ILC Dover, an engineering firm in Delaware farm country, has been outfitting astronauts for space — everyone from Neil Armstrong to Sunita Williams, who performed a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012. And yet ILC (which was founded as International Latex Corp.) has never before embarked on its latest mission: to make a fashion-forward suit for NASA.

The prototype is called Z-2. A new palette will be chosen when, early this year, NASA unveils three designs by Philadelphia University fashion and industrial design students. The public gets to pick a winner. Each design will draw on one of three themes: NASA's history, sports and superheroes, and nature. NASA officials hope that the campaign will rekindle excitement for the space program. "Part of this came from the fact that commercial space flight is gearing up," says Amy Ross, a top space-suit engineer at NASA, "and part of what they want is for their space suits to look cool.""

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Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Before the transcontinental race in "Cannonball Run," the starter tells the gathered racers, "You all are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place."

Ed Bolian prefers the term "fraternity of lunatics."

Where the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic was a comedic twist on a race inspired by real-life rebellion over the mandated 55-mph speed limits of the 1970s, Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles.

The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.

Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run."

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Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 2 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "(CNN) — Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The organization has been in a long-running feud with CyberBunker and claims spammers use it as a host from which to spray junk mail across the Web.

Internet security firm CloudFlare said Spamhaus contacted it last week, saying it had been hit with an attack big enough to knock its site offline.

Security experts say the attack uses more sophisticated techniques than most DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and targets the Web's infrastructure, which has led to other sites performing slowly."

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"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 3 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The new research builds on recent demonstrations of "invisibility cloaks" that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn't get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

"Imagine that you could divert light in time—slow it down, speed it up—so that you create a gap in the light beam in time," said study co-author and Cornell physicist Alex Gaeta.

"In this case, any event that occurs at that instant of time won't lead to scattering of light. It appears as if the event never occurred.""

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